by Rex Yancey

Trusting Christ in a Dangerous World
Rex Yancey
Mark 4:35-41

If there was ever any doubt about it before, there isn't now. We live in a dangerous world. Over the past few years we have become supersensitive to terrorists. Airplanes have wrecked devastation. Rogue states are developing nuclear weapons. The Middle East is on fire. Strange diseases have spread in Africa. Predators are preying on children.

Why do bad things happen to good people? The disciples of Jesus faced a dangerous situation. And to top it off, it was Jesus who commanded them to go to the other side. Let's get this straight, bad things happen to all people whether they are good or bad. Jesus didn't come to change weather patterns. He came to change people's lives.

I believe there are some things in this text that will help us navigate this dangerous world.


He knew the storm was brewing. However, he was in the boat with them.

Ray Stevens wrote a song about a wrestling match and by getting beat up by the Blue Cyclone. After he got out of the hospital he got him two ole boys to go with him to meet the Blue Cyclone. He approached him and said, ''I have some help with me this time.'' The Blue Cyclone said, ''Where?'' Ray Stevens turned around and said, ''Son of a gun they were gone!''

Jesus isn't like those good ole boys. He doesn't disallow the dangers of life neither is he displaced by them.

No matter what or where or how big he is always with us in the storm.

In the Great Commission, did he say, ''Be careful because you will be alone? No, he said, ''Lo, I am with you always.'' He sends us into a dangerous world; but he is always with us in the danger. He sends us out as sheep among wolves; but he is always with us among the wolves.

2 Timothy 4:16-17 ''At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; ...

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